US Air Force Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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  1. Communications Officer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communications Officer in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Communications Officer in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job changes every few years, chance to see different places and travel overseas, always opportunities for management experience, generally people are easy to work with

    Cons

    Focus more on secondary jobs than primary ones, management can get in the way of the job, a lot of focus on self advancement, too much time wasted on annual reviews and awards, primary skill set not used

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better, give facts, don't beat around the bush, allow employees to do their job, don't babysit employees, figure out how to remove useless personnel and keep better quality people

  2. Not what I expecting or was looking for, but the benefits are great.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Weather Forecaster/Briefer in Keesler AFB, MS
    Former Employee - Weather Forecaster/Briefer in Keesler AFB, MS

    I worked at US Air Force full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable work environment, job security, medical and other benefits. Great way to meet new people from all walks of life. Opportunity to travel.

    Cons

    Opportunity to travel based on: if they need you where you want to go, or you know people, or you get the luck of the draw. Rumor mill anywhere you go. Micromanagement from officers and higher-ups because they have nothing better to do or they need to meet a quota. Give up off-time for training and needless briefs.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate less on appearance of the military and work on completing the mission however you can. Part of what made it great in the past was the innovative and creative efforts of workers to produce a quicker or more efficient way of doing things. Air Force is focusing too much of how we look or proceed when we do our job.

  3. Personnelist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Air Force

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Traving and benefits. I actually like being in basic training better then working in the Air Force

    Cons

    Stress will kill you and drive you mad

    Advice to Management

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  5. Paralegal

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Paralegal
    Current Employee - Paralegal

    I have been working at US Air Force (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic travel opportunities and neverending challenges. Responsibility and leadership training fast and early. You truly get out of it what you put into it, including educational opportunities and advancement. Promotions are based in great part on merit, but you need to understand what blocks you need to fill in order to make it and also be able to test well in order to score high enough on the promotion tests. If you get your CCAF (associate degree from the Air Force) in Paralegal Studies, it is accredited by the American Bar Association.

    Cons

    There is never enough money or manpower to truly get the job done right, and there never will be. You will often have to work long hours and should expect the work to be thankless. As a paralegal you are doing the drudge work that the attorneys don't want to do, and even once you move up in rank you're still going to be doing the same work you did as a junior ranking person - it will just be the more complicated stuff. It's not a stepping stone to becoming a lawyer and the work is not quite the same as paralegal work in the civilian world.

    Advice to Management

    Put more of the experienced paralegals down into base offices instead of specialized billets. Stratify responsibilities across ranks to allow people to increase their responsibilities as they move up in grade instead of leaving them to do the same old job for years on end.

  6. Overall the experience has been positive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    you have some control over whether or not you advance. the education benefits are tremendous.

    Cons

    there is a very evident good ole' boy system. although you are able to advance your career it can easily be taken away

    Advice to Management

    stop being about yourselves. if you have a good troop 98% of the time understand that 2% doesn't define them

  7. NCO

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Unparalleled benefits in relation to the private sector.

    Cons

    Out of tune senior leadership. Often blatant disregard to AFIs by said leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach.

  8. Regional Training Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wpafb, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wpafb, OH

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Travel, Service, Pride, security

    Cons

    Family Life, Advancement, Budget, and continuity

  9. Instructor Air Battle Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Instructor Air Battle Manager in Tinker AFB, OK
    Former Employee - Instructor Air Battle Manager in Tinker AFB, OK

    I worked at US Air Force full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the people that you work with are great

    Cons

    Continuous Deployments, long hours and varying schedule

  10. Your AFSC is important

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Minot AFB, ND
    Current Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Minot AFB, ND

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits; life insurance, health insurance, dental, TSP, pension, housing and more.
    Lots of potential for promotion
    Annual pay raise
    Potential for relocation

    Cons

    The USAF like the rest of the DoD has suffered a lot due to congressional budget cuts, the end result is that its like working for a company that you know is going to declare bankruptcy, only because you're contracted you can't just find a different job.

    Advice to Management

    Better resource management, both of personnel and material. The amount of waste is amazing, yet people constantly question why there is no money in the budget.

  11. Contracting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Educational benefits, unique work experience, healthcare for the military member is great!

    Cons

    Lots of deployments for this career field. Government certifications do not translate to civilian/private sector. Quality and responsiveness of healthcare for dependents varies wildly from base to base.

    Advice to Management

    If you expect individuals in the contracting career field to be intelligent, hard working, fully knowledgeable, highly educated, and semi-autonomous, please stop treating us like children through the use of overbearing reviews, needless regulations and incessant micro-management.

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